Special needs apartments open in Santa Fe

Posted at: 06/25/2013 8:53 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Tuesday, developers cut the ribbon on Stage Coach Motor Inn Apartments in Santa Fe redeveloped from the classic Route 66 motel.

 Now there are 60 apartments for people with special needs or that are making 30-60% of the median income.

12 are reserved for people who used to be homeless.

There will also be daycare, health screenings and job training on site. One woman living there lived in her car before this. This apartment will allow her stability for her health and to go back to school.

"That would be wonderful here because I can rest," Thompson said. "I can read my books, I can do the schooling -- this place is just wonderful."

$9.8 million worth of the $12 million project was funded by United HealthGroup, who said they were committed because a stable home is the first step in improving health.

Santa Fe leaders say it also offers an affordable option for housing in the city.

Planners have also been working on projects in Deming and Las Cruces.